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Repealing Health Care: Round One

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Zackary Wiggins
   Staff Writer

Ever since President Obama and Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have been trying to repeal it.  They took the best shot at comprehensive health care reform, and made it into a weapon to slander the first black President.  They have promised over and over to repeal it and replace it with something else.

The problem is, the entire time that they have promised to repeal, no one thought of what they would use to replace it.  When President Donald Trump became president, conservatives rejoiced because they thought that finally they could repeal that law that they hate so much.  

President Trump promised the American people, and Congress that Obamacare would get repealed quickly and replaced with something even better.  No elaboration was made on what that plan would be and the American people stood up the their government demanding that their healthcare not get taken aware.  

I believe that part of the reason that this first attempt at replacement known the American Health Care Act lost was because of the protest from the American people that came after Republicans said they did not know what to replace Obamacare with.  

Speaker Paul Ryan had a hard job. He had to please constituents, the President, and members of Congress.  Do not think I feel bad for the guy.  He is one of the most conservative Speakers in our nation’s modern history with a sense of morality that should be called into question. Still, not every Republican is a fan of Ryan’s.  

For instance, the Freedom Caucus of Congress is a very alt-right portion of the government.  Luckily, they’re not in the majority.  This group of ultra-conservatives thinks the government should get out of the healthcare business altogether, leaving it completely up to the free market to lower the costs.  This is why they voted against this bill nicknamed by some Trumpcare or Ryancare.  

Most Americans do not believe that this is the right track, and thankfully they, along with Democrats, helped bring down the awful Trumpcare bill.  The American Health Care Act was defeated and Obamacare survived. Republicans failed to write a healthcare bill that improved the quality of life for Americans.  

Even Trump himself finally admitted, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

These politicians are seeing what happens when millions of people are fed up with their political agenda, and not looking out for the good of the people.  They were willing to raise taxes on the lower and middle class, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest.  

The Republicans were not focused on the millions of people who gained health care because of the Affordable Care Act.  It seems they were only concerned about lowering taxes and taking care of the wealthy.  This is not new as that’s what the Republican Party is known for among the public perception of American government.

Where do we go from here?  Well the Republicans could try to work with Democrats to improve the issues with the Affordable Care Act, making it an even better piece of legislation.  Obamacare isn’t perfect.  Everyone knows that.  

Hillary Clinton had great ideas to improve the parts of the ACA that weren’t that great, but unfortunately she wasn’t the one that got elected.  I would love for Republicans to try to reach across the aisle to come up with solutions that work for the American people.  

Obviously, the far left and far right are never going to compromise, but we need the logical people in Congress from both sides to come together and sit down with each other.  Some people are calling for single-payer healthcare.  

Those calling for this form of health care are saying this is the time that could save the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. However, it is only if both party’s members would come together and enact an overhaul such as this in regards to health care legislation.

Personally, I’m skeptical that a single-payer healthcare system would work in a country as large and diverse as ours, but maybe this is the time to try it.  At this point, I just would like to see healthcare costs for all Americans come down. Lower-income people to stop having to choose between seeing a doctor or eating, particularly when the United States has one of the most advanced healthcare systems and medical care in the entire world.  

We need to look at all of the options and fund medical research.  I think Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are going to have to try a little harder to get American voters on board with an overhaul of their health care system, and one way to do that is maybe to the try the option that no one would think would ever pass here in the USA.  

Will universal health care work here? I don’t know, and like I said, I have my doubts.  I am supportive of improving Obamacare, not completely redoing the system.  However, at a time when we need cheaper but efficient healthcare services, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to at least give it a shot.  

Maybe after the failure of the AHCA, Democrats can win back the majority of Congress in 2018 and turn things around for millions of people.  This shouldn’t just be a dream. This should be a reality.

 

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